10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Maine For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maine have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Maine.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Maine? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Maine, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Maine and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Maine For 2019

Yarmouth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,664
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.8%
More on Yarmouth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Yarmouth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, located twelve miles north of the state’s largest city, Portland. The town was settled in 1636 and incorporated in 1849. Its population was 8,349 in the 2010 census. As of 2015’s estimation, this is about 0.6% of Maine’s total population.

Gorham, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,607
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.8%
More on Gorham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gorham is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 16,381 at the 2010 census. The 2012 estimate of Gorham’s population was 16,667. In addition to its urban village center known as Gorham Village or simply “the Village,” the town encompasses a number of smaller, unincorporated villages and hamlets with distinct historical identities, including South Gorham, West Gorham, Little Falls, White Rock, and North Gorham. Gorham is home to one of the three campuses of the University of Southern Maine. In 2013, Gorham was voted second best town in Maine after Hampden by a financial website.

Kennebunk, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,647
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 18.0%
More on Kennebunk: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kennebunk is a town in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 10,798 at the 2010 census. Kennebunk is home to several beaches, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, the 1799 Kennebunk Inn, many historic shipbuilders’ homes, the Brick Store Museum and the Nature Conservancy Blueberry Barrens, with 1,500 acres of nature trails and blueberry fields.

Gardiner, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,672
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 31.7%
More on Gardiner: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gardiner is a city in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census. Popular with tourists, Gardiner is noted for its culture and old architecture. Gardiner is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

Topsham, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,463
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 23.4%
More on Topsham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Topsham is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States. The population was 8,784 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The town is home to the annual Topsham Fair.

Belfast, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,680
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 22.9%
More on Belfast: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Belfast is a city in Waldo County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,668. Located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay, Belfast is the county seat of Waldo County. The seaport has a wealth of antique architecture in several historic districts, and remains popular with tourists.

Orono, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,667
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 11.5%
More on Orono: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Caribou, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,827
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 21.1%
More on Caribou: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Caribou is the second largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. Its population was 8,189 at the 2010 census.

Ellsworth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,916
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 24.4%
More on Ellsworth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The 2010 Census determined it had a population of 7,741. Ellsworth was Maine’s fastest growing city from 2000-2010, with a growth rate of nearly 20 percent. With historic buildings and other points of interest, Ellsworth is popular with tourists.

Saco, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,127
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Saco: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Saco is a city in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 18,482 at the 2010 census. It is home to Ferry Beach State Park, Funtown Splashtown USA, Thornton Academy, as well as General Dynamics Armament Systems, a subsidiary of the defense contractor General Dynamics. Saco sees much tourism during summer months, due to its amusement parks, Ferry Beach State Park, and proximity to Old Orchard Beach.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Maine anyways?

To give you the places in Maine which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Pine Tree State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Maine, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For Maine, that meant a total of 27 cities.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Maine

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Maine ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Maine according to the data:

  1. Bangor
  2. Waterville
  3. Old Orchard Beach

For more Maine reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Maine?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Yarmouth, ME 5,664 50
2 Gorham, ME 6,607 43
3 Kennebunk, ME 5,647 42
4 Gardiner, ME 5,672 39
5 Topsham, ME 6,463 62
6 Belfast, ME 6,680 41
7 Orono, ME 9,667 62
8 Caribou, ME 7,827 66
9 Ellsworth, ME 7,916 41
10 Saco, ME 19,127 43

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